Sartell schools continue to navigate the strategic planning process

SARTELL — As this school year draws to a close, Sartell-St. Stephen Superintendent Jeff Ridelhoover says they have started to consider the fall.

He says that with those months remaining, their focus will be on the continued development of the district’s new strategic plan.

We will discuss with our staff whether our current guidance is still appropriate. The last time the strategic plan was updated was in 2013. So we will have a process of surveying staff and having conversations with them about this.

Ridlehoover says they not only want to build a long-term foundation for the district, but the leadership staff have already developed a list of short-term goals they hope to achieve by the start of next school year. .

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

The Education Equity and Student Experience Committee also plans to present its action plans to the school board next month.

Ridlehoover says the goal is to continuously monitor the progress made through these plans.

The actual milestones will be measurable and people will be able to point fingers and say yes we did or no we didn’t. It is also something we want to be held accountable for.

Ridlehoover says that while this particular committee will disband at the end of the school year, they know there will be more work ahead.

He says they plan to continue to gather input and feedback and, if necessary, develop some type of subcommittee work.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

Looking ahead to the 2022-23 school year, Ridlehoover says they expect high enrollment numbers.

Our numbers look great and are in line with what we expected. Even during this school year, our numbers have not fluctuated. Next year we are looking for another strong entry with no intention of changing anything from a budget standpoint.

Ridlehoover says that when it comes to the staffing shortages they’ve faced, they’ve been able to fill those positions.

He says they also plan to fill vacant athletic director and assistant superintendent positions by the end of the month.

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